Pumpkin Carrot Cake

If you happen to be a fan of carrot cake and have some leftover (fresh) pumpkin, you are definitely going to enjoy this recipe. The only thing that I would do different to this, is add some big golden raisins to it. I opted out of raisins, because I have a friend that is not a fan.

Happy Thanksgiving! Gobble until you wobble.

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Recipe

Almond & Banana Pudding Cake

As promised from the NYC Food Porn post, I made my very own version of a Banana Pudding Cake. When I started to think about how I wanted to do it, I knew that I would use a banana nut cake. Banana nut bread is one of my favorites, but too dense to be a cake. I decided to make some modifications and came up with something delicious.

My big brother, Lawrence, had his birthday on April 12th. Lawrence’s favorite dessert happens to be banana pudding. In fact, right after I ate a piece of the Banana Pudding Cake in Harlem, NY, I texted him and told him how amazing it was. I just so happened to be going to Victoria on the 13th (this past Saturday). So, my excuse to make the cake was well planned out. I made the cakes and icing, put them on ice and traveled to my hometown ready to build it.

When I asked Lawrence if he preferred walnuts or pecans, he responded, “almonds.”  When I thought about how the almonds would crunch inside of the cake, it didn’t go well in my head. I guess because almonds can go stale, it’s not the same as baking in pecans or walnuts. Therefore, I decided to use almond meal in place of some flour and almonds for garnish instead of crushed up vanilla wafers. Thus, I present the Almond & Banana Pudding Cake by Dutch Lovin’.

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Cake[Click on the recipe to enlarge it.]

icing and garnish

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 Kyle and I made this much smaller version on Friday night and shared it with my little brother and friend. I still have some, come and get it!

Pumpkin Cake

As promised, here is another one of the many goodies that I did for pumpkin season. I have done a pumpkin bread before and it came out a little too dense for my liking. I decided to do a cake because I like how moist, airy and fluffy it is compared to bread.

Also, this is the recipe that I used for the pumpkin Halloween Cake Balls. For those, you can just follow the same directions as the Eyeball Cake Balls. I decorated the pumpkins with orange-colored white bark and green-colored white bark for the stems. Make sure that you add the food dye to the bark before you melt it down though.

This pumpkin cake is going to become a tradition for me during pumpkin season now. These cakes were made with the Fairytale pumpkin. I wish I had some right now; they were so delicious.

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Pumpkin Cake

Don’t forget that you can click on the image to enlarge it.

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